Real Estate Investors – Challenges, Naysayers, Uncertainty, and Doubt!

Being a real estate investor is full of challenges, naysayers, uncertainty, and doubt. You have to deal with contractor and tenants, both of whom are prone to temper-tantrums. You have to deal with local regulatory authorities, which can get redundant. You have to deal with failures, because things often don’t work as intended or planned. Real […]

What’s More Important When Buying Rentals - Equity or Cash Flow

What’s More Important for Rentals – Equity or Cash Flow?

When I decided to write 100 articles answering 100 most often asked questions, and began compiling what those 100 questions might be, it occurred to me that some of the questions are that should be on the list, aren’t. I think folks assume that the answer is very straight-forward, and those questions never come up. […]

How Does Inflation Impact Real Estate Investing

How Does Inflation Impact Real Estate Investing?

One of the reasons rentals are such an amazing investment vehicle is because they are inflation-protected. Here’s how the thinking goes: Monetary Inflation’s Impact to Investment Properties In our economy, certain amount of currency chases certain amount of products and services. The amount of currency can increase, without causing damage to the economy, only if […]

What is a Real Estate Investment Pig

What is a Real Estate Investment Pig?

I’ve addressed the concept of PIGs in real estate in many articles previously. The concept is somewhat abstract, and seems to be quite misunderstood still, in-spite of me addressing it on multiple occasions. Just this morning I received an email to this end. The email was from a gentleman considering a vacant 4-plex. He wrote […]

How to Write a Lease for Roommates

How to Write a Lease for Roommates

If I were to make a list of 100 most commonly asked questions, this one would certainly be on it – how to write a lease for roommates. Indeed, just yesterday this subject came up in conversation on social media, and folks were quite engaged. As you know, I am not an attorney, so don’t interpret […]

Should Tenants Pay the Utilities

Should Tenants Pay the Utilities?

Utilities used to be a token cost. Natural heating gas was cheap. Electricity was cheap. And water was literally nothing. Today, all of these have inflated dramatically, to the point that in some markets they have outpaced rent growth by a significant clip. With this in mind, as investment property owners we have to be […]

How to Value a Multi Unit Investment Property

How to Value a Multi Unit (5+) Investment Property

We buy all types of different property for our investment purposes, including single family, small multi-family, larger multi-family, storefront, storage, parking, industrial, strip-mall, and many combinations thereof. It’s important to understand that while there are positives and negatives to all different property types, a lot of our decision is driven by the realities within the […]

How Much to Pay for a Fourplex

How Much to Pay for a Fourplex Investment Property

In an earlier article “How much should I pay for an investment property,” we discussed the methodology behind estimating value of Single Family Residences. As we discussed, the CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) looks at similar houses which sold, and then makes adjustments to the sold prices in order to accommodate the differences in condition, amenities, size, […]

How Much Should I Pay for an Investment Property

How Much Should I Pay for an Investment Property?

How do you know how much to pay for a house – this has got to be one of the most commonly asked questions I hear. This, interesting enough, is quite surprising. I would think that with all of the popularity of real estate on the internet today, that this would be one of the […]

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Can You Succeed in Real Estate Investing Without Your Spouse’s Support?

In a past article, entitled What If I Fail with My First Real Estate Investing Deal, I explored some of the social implications of real estate investing, and how our struggles, which are bound to happen, can impact our relationships. The next day after the article appeared on my blog at JustAskBenWhy.com I received this […]

How do I Get the Best Appraisal for Real Estate Investment Refinances

How do I Get the Best Appraisal for Real Estate Investment Refinances?

I am not sure how long you’ve been in this game, and what your experiences have been, but in my world the practice of a refinance is an integral component of almost every deal I’ve ever do. Why, you may ask? Why would you refinance a real estate investment? Well, there are a few reasons. […]

What Is a Good Cap Rate for a Rental Property

What Is a Good Cap Rate for a Rental Property?

Seriously, people – this is one of the most misguided questions I can think of in the real estate investing space. And yet, here it is, the title of my article 🙂 Well, as you know, my articles reflect your questions, and therefore it follows that the reason this article came to be is because […]

How much do I need for CapEx in real estate investing

How much CapEx do I need for real estate investing?

Guys, when five years ago I first started writing articles on the subject of real estate investing, I struggled to chose what to write about. It was difficult to know what you would find interesting. Today, I never have to wonder what my titles should be. Indeed, all I have to do is answer the […]

Should I Quit My Job to Go Full Time into Real Estate Investing

Should I Quit My Job to Go Full Time into Real Estate Investing?

As I write this in 2016, real estate investing is hot. Amateurism is running amok, and every other person I talked to is either in real estate investing or wants to be. And, in this environment, I hear this question often – should I quit my job to go full time into real estate investing? […]

Should I use an LLC when I Buy My First Rental

Should I use an LLC when I Buy My First Rental?

This question that keeps coming up in discussion among new, and not so new, investors. It’s an important question, but unfortunately there is no clear definitive answer. What’s more, the answer requires you to make a choice, which is not the easiest choice to make… Just yesterday I had lunch with a new investor, who […]